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Shakespeares King Lear opens with the Love Contest in which Lear King of Britain sinfully surrenders all of this power to his three daughters - Goneril Regan and Cordelia as a reward for their public declaration of love towards him This untimely abdication of his throne displays the manifestation of Lears character his mistakes and the foreshadowing consequences leading to his downfall Lears character rapidly develops through the staging of the love trial His state of insecurity and fear at old age develops his demanding scheme for the competition of empty flattery love which Goneril and Regan quickly seize to their advantage and portrays his idiocy as both King and father Lears proud egotistical nature overrides moral judgment as he fuels upon his daughters extravagant lies and resulting blindness is evident through the banishment of his most beloved and honest Cordelia as his sometime daughter 11119 The Kings stubborn irascible temperament come not between the dragon and his wrath 11121 is evident as Lear banishes Kent his loyal supporter when he intervenes with rational words The tragic frailty in King Lears own nature is revealed through this opening scene which sets the stage for his folly Lear makes the decision to base his daughters love on quantity not quality is due to his distorted perception of its true meaning Which of you shall we say doth love us most1150 The faulty judgment of words being superior to action provokes the hypocritical grand pronouncements of Goneril and Regan more pleasing to Lear and they are rewarded Cordelia the youngest daughter who truly loves Lear refuses to make an insincere speech and her truthful reply of nothing1186 brings her to disinheritance Lears overestimation of his two evil daughters underestimates the true value of his good one and his conceited nature leads to his mistake of the banishment of Cordelia Lears blind arrogant nature proves to the treatment of his loyal supporter Kent See better Lear and let
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